Guided tour

Rome: St Peter’s Basilica Early Morning Tour with Dome Climb

Activity provider: Loving Rome

Rome: St Peter’s Basilica Early Morning Tour with Dome Climb

Activity provider: Loving Rome
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From US$ 28.49 per person

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Discover the beauty and history of St Peter’s Basilica on a guided morning tour. Climb up to the top of the dome for panoramic views of Rome.

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Duration 45 minutes
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included


  • Be transported back to history as you witness the beauty of St Peter’s Basilica
  • Get immersed in the atmosphere of St. Peter's Square before the crowds arrive
  • Climb to the top of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica to see the stunning views
  • Explore the Basilica and listen to the stories about the famous Pietà sculpture
  • Learn the history, interesting stories, and facts from your experienced guide
Full description

Explore the beautiful surroundings of St Peter’s Square and the Vatican city on an extraordinary tour with a local guide. Climb the dome and visit the basilica in the early morning before the crowds arrive.

You will see the first viewing point through the elevator of the dome. Start climbing the remaining steps towards the summit while hearing fascinating facts and stories from your guide.

Witness a breathtaking view of Vatican City and its iconic seven hills. Keep your camera ready to click photographs of the beautiful panoramic views from the top of the famous Vatican summit. 

After admiring the splendid views, come down from the dome to enter the basilica. Enjoy the privilege of instant access and stroll through the area at your own pace.

Marvel at the magnificent creation of St. Peter's Baldachin and Michelangelo’s Pietá. Discover every tiny detail of the historic building and admire the masterpieces adorning the space.  

  • Early morning access to the St Peter's Basilica and Square
  • Entrance ticket to the St Peter's Dome
  • Guide
  • Headsets when needed
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with vertigo
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Please meet your guide near the arches, where the square meets via di Porta Angelica. The meeting point is at the corner of the square, on the left-hand side, next to the kiosk. Your guide will be holding a sign with LOVING ROME written on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • FFP2 mask

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • You will have to pass through a metal detector security check before entering St Peter's Basilica
  • The elevator of the Dome only takes you to the first balcony, to climb up to the main Dome you will have to use the stairs (320 steps) which require 20 extra minutes
  • The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Necropoli are not part of this tour
  • The St. Peter's Basilica Dome might not be accessible during bad weather conditions
  • Entrance to the Basilica requires a strict dress code. Please cover your knees and shoulders
  • Weapons or sharp objects are not allowed inside St Peter's Basilica
Customer reviews

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4.5 /5

based on 200 reviews

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Good visit. Hosts were well organized and our guide was informative and explained historical timeline of events in a humorous, if a little irreverent, way. However, I wish I had known at the time of booking that the entrance time is half an hour later than that stated on the ticket! I felt a bit rushed as I made my way to the next planned sightseeing tour on time.

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September 28, 2022

We spent some time in queueing up so it was a pity we couldn't listen much inside the St Peter Basilica. While the guide is funny, with good english language and communication. The dome is amazing too. Overall is above average, would be perfect if we could spend more time inside the church itself (not just the dome). Thanks for the tour!

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September 23, 2022

The perfect way to see St. Peter’s: nice and early before it gets crazy, when you can really savor it in leisurely fashion!! Our guide was excellent, very informative, and the meeting point was pretty easy to find. The guide earpieces were helpful. Most of the group opted to climb all the way to the top of the dome, but thankfully we could choose to just do the elevator half way up, as I did…it was still a must-do, going that far up that is!! The mosaics alone up there are worth it, and views from the roof. Very glad I did this!

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September 11, 2022

Product ID: 415631